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23rd
February
2016

LONGLIST Short Memoir Prize 2015

197 memoirs longlisted (780 memoirs submitted in total) MEMOIR TITLE AUTHOR My Life, The Movie A.B. Chesler Middle School Life Abbie Tingstad 30-Dec Abbie Tingstad How to Save Comic in Times of War Adnan Mahmutovic A Life in Dogs Adrianne Aron A Caseful of Ostrich Feathers Aida Lennon CHRISTMAS IS COMING Alan Coley Saragh’s Diary […]

23rd
February
2016

WINNERS Fish Short Story Prize 2014/15

FIRST The Pace of Change  by Chris Weldon SECOND Tomorrow  by Keren Heenan THIRD Two Funerals  by Kara Moskowitz   HONORARY MENTIONS: Blind White Worm   by Bill Davis American Holiday  by Grace French Thieving in a Minor Key  by Jacob Appel The Journey   by Kate Mahony Combat   by Katherine West Of Things That Fall From […]

23rd
February
2016

SHORTLIST Fish Short Story Prize 2014/15

103 stories shortlisted (1,575 stories submitted in total) Story Title Author The Overman Alan Timmons Our Eliza Andrew Murphy And Then We Ran Andy Wilson She Angelita Bradney Tom Ann Butler Rowlands These Silver Fish Anne O’Brien Small Stones Beth Cardier Pyramid Bill Davis Blind White Worm Bill Davis JFK’S LAST INTERVIEW Bob Reynolds This […]

23rd
February
2016

LONGLIST Fish Short Story Prize 2014/15

356 stories longlisted (1,575 stories submitted in total) Story Title Author Miller Aidan OKeeffe I Want You Aisling Campbell The Overman Alan Timmons A SLICE OF PARADISE Alex Reece Abbott Falling Up Alice Jolly The Faithful Alice Jolly July for the Canada Geese Alison Earls Creels Alison Lock (Un)familiar Allie Rogers Somebody Else’s Child Amy […]

23rd
February
2016

WINNERS Fish Poetry Prize 2014

FIRST Chris Stuart Andrews Pacific Rim SECOND Jacqueline P Haskell Alice Like The Wind THIRD Helena Goddard Parliamo Daisy HIGHLY COMMENDED (in no particular order) Laila Farnes Rainstick Kita Shantitis That Which is Wanting Molly Vogel The Child Dreaming in a Poet’s House Penny Ouvry Diagnosis Philip Miller Alone With His Longing, He Lies Down […]

23rd
February
2016

SHORTLIST Poetry Prize 2014

96 poems shortlisted (1,300 poems submitted in total) Two Hearts Akiho Schilz Phoenix Alan Lawson From beyond the waiting room door Andy Jenkins Murmuration Over Gretna Ann Thompson Living with Adult Children in Times of Recession Bernadette Crawford Cilleen Bernadette Crawford If what is, is Other BREDA WALL RYAN The Color of Guinness C. Wade […]

23rd
February
2016

LONGLIST Poetry Prize 2014

347 poems longlisted (1,300 poems submitted in total) Father away on business Adnan Mahmutovic Kairos Akiho Schilz Two Hearts Akiho Schilz the metamorphoses akil contractor Mammock beach Alain Speed The bus conductor Alain Speed A month in the attic Alain Speed Street Bird Alain Speed Phoenix Alan Lawson Secret Life of the Charity Shop Alison […]

23rd
February
2016

WINNERS Fish Flash Fiction Prize 2014

First Prize:   Sally Ashton A Theory of Relativity Second:   Robert Grossmith First Third:   Christina Eagles Thirteen Honorary Mentions:   Jude Higgins The Lottery Grant Gerald Miller Mr Words John D Kelly Untethered Katharine Brown Icarus Gerry Dorrian Re: holes Roisín O’Donnell Him Emma Bladen The Pick-me-up

23rd
February
2016

SHORTLIST Fish Flash Fiction Prize 2014

72 stories shortlisted (1,250 stories submitted in total) The Shape of a Heart Aidan Miller We Ali Svenson Birdman Andrew Dawson A Whiff of Lilac Anita Lehmann Talking About Horses Anna Baness Timbuktu Beejay Silcox The Catch bernard lord Remember, Remember… Carol Caffrey LOST CARGO Cheryl O’Brien Thirteen Christina Eagles Hagar Playing Goalie Courtney Sender […]

23rd
February
2016

LONGLIST Fish Flash Fiction Prize 2014

278 stories longlisted (1,250 stories submitted in total) Protégé A.B. Speake The First Thing I Do A.B. Speake Full Irish Adrian Wistreich Agnes Does Not Live Here Anymore Aida Lennon The Shape of a Heart Aidan Miller DIG Alex Lockwood HANGI DAY Alex Reece Abbott We Ali Svenson We Used To Play At Husband And […]

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Fish Anthology 2017

Fish Anthology 2017

Dead Souls has the magic surplus of meaning that characterises fine examples of the form – Neel Mukherjee
I was looking for terrific writing of course – something Fish attracts in spades, and I was richly rewarded right across the spectrum – Vanessa Gebbie
Really excellent – skilfully woven – Chris Stewart
Remarkable – Jo Shapcott


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Fish Anthology 2016

The practitioners of the art of brevity and super-brevity whose work is in this book have mastered the skills and distilled and double-distilled their work like the finest whiskey.


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Sunrise Sunset by Tina Pisco

Sunrise Sunset

€12  (incl. p&p)   Sunrise Sunset by Tina Pisco Read Irish Times review by Claire Looby Surreal, sad, zany, funny, Tina Pisco’s stories are drawn from gritty experience as much as the swirling clouds of the imagination.  An astute, empathetic, sometimes savage observer, she brings her characters to life. They dance themselves onto the pages, […]


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Fish Anthology 2015

Fish Anthology 2015

How do we transform personal experience of pain into literature? How do we create and then chisel away at those images of others, of loss, of suffering, of unspeakable helplessness so that they become works of art that aim for a shared humanity? The pieces selected here seem to prompt all these questions and the best of them offer some great answers.
– Carmen Bugan.


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Fish Anthology 2014

Fish Anthology 2014

What a high standard all round – of craft, imagination and originality: and what a wide range of feeling and vision.
Ruth Padel

I was struck by how funny many of the stories are, several of them joyously so – they are madcap and eccentric and great fun. Others – despite restrained and elegant prose – managed to be devastating. All of them are the work of writers with talent.
Claire Kilroy


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Fish Anthology 2013

Fish Anthology 2013

The writing comes first, the bottom line comes last. And sandwiched between is an eye for the innovative, the inventive and the extraordinary.


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Fish Anthology 2012

A new collection from around the globe: innovative, exciting, invigorating work from the writers and poets who will be making waves for some time to come. David Mitchell, Michael Collins, David Shields and Billy Collins selected the stories, flash fiction, memoirs and poems in this anthology.


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Fish Anthology 2011

Reading the one page stories I was a little dazzled, and disappointed that I couldn’t give the prize to everybody. It’s such a tight format, every word must count, every punctuation mark. ‘The Long Wet Grass’ is a masterly bit of story telling … I still can’t get it out of my mind.
– Chris Stewart


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Fish Anthology 2010

The perfectly achieved story transcends the limitations of space with profundity and insight. What I look for in fiction, of whatever length, is authenticity and intensity of feeling. I demand to be moved, to be transported, to be introduced into other lives. The stories I have selected for this anthology have managed this. – Ronan Bennett, Short Story Judge.


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Fish Anthology 2009 – Ten Pint Ted

I sing those who are published here – they have done a very fine job. It is difficult to create from dust, which is what writers do. It is an honour to have read your work. – Colum McCann


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Fish Anthology 2008 – Harlem River Blues

The entries into this year’s Fish Short Story Prize were universally strong. From these the judges have selected winners, we believe, of exceptional virtue. – Carlo Gebler


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Fish Anthology 2007

I was amazed and delighted at the range and quality of these stories. Every one of them was interesting, well-written, beautifully crafted and, as a short-story must, every one of them focused my attention on that very curtailed tableau which a short-story necessarily sets before us. – Michael Collins


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Fish Anthology 2006 – Grandmother, Girl, Wolf and Other Stories

These stories voice all that is vibrant about the form. – Gerard Donovan. Very short stories pack a poetic punch. Each of these holds its own surprise, or two. Dive into these seemingly small worlds. You’ll come up anew. – Angela Jane Fountas


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All the King’s Horses – Anthology of Historical Short Stories

Each of the pieces here has been chosen for its excellence. They are a delightfully varied assortment. More than usual for an anthology, this is a compendium of all the different ways that fiction can succeed. I invite you to turn to ‘All the King’s Horses’. The past is here. Begin.
– Michel Faber


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Fish Anthology 2005 – The Mountains of Mars and Other Stories

Literary anthologies, especially of new work, act as a kind of indicator to a society’s concerns. This Short Story collection, such a sharp and useful enterprise, goes beyond that. Its internationality demonstrates how our concerns are held in common across the globe. – Frank Delaney


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Fish Anthology 2004 – Spoonface and Other Stories

From the daily routine of a career in ‘Spoonface’, to the powerful, recurring image of a freezer in ‘Shadow Lives’. It was the remarkable focus on the ordinary that made these Fish short stories such a pleasure to read. – Hugo Hamilton


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Feathers & Cigarettes

In a world where twenty screens of bullshit seem to be revolving without respite … there is nothing that can surpass the ‘explosion of art’ and its obstinate insistence on making sense of things. These dedicated scribes, as though some secret society, heroically, humbly, are espousing a noble cause.
– Pat McCabe


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Franklin’s Grace

It’s supposed to be a short form, the good story, but it has about it a largeness I love. There is something to admire in all these tales, these strange, insistent invention. They take place in a rich and satisfying mixture of places, countries of the mind and heart. – Christopher Hope


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Asylum 1928

There are fine stories in this new anthology, some small and intimate, some reaching out through the personal for a wider, more universal perspective, wishing to tell a story – grand, simple, complex or everyday, wishing to engage you the reader. – Kate O’Riodan


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Five O’Clock Shadow

I feel like issuing a health warning with this Fish Anthology ­ these stories may seriously damage your outlook – Here the writers view the world in their unique way, and have the imagination, talent, and the courage to refine it into that most surprising of all art forms ­ the short story. – Clem Cairns.


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From the Bering Strait

Every story in this book makes its own original way in the world. knowing which are the telling moments, and showing them to us. And as the narrator of the winning story casually remarks, ‘Sometimes its the small things that amaze me’ – Molly McCloskey


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Scrap Magic

The stories here possess the difference, the quirkiness and the spark. They follow their own road and their own ideas their own way. It is a valuable quality which makes this collection a varied one. Read it, I hope you say to yourself like I did on many occasions, ‘That’s deadly. How did they think of that?’ – Eamonn Sweeney


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Dog Day

Really good short stories like these, don’t read like they were written. They read like they simply grew on the page. – Joseph O’Connor


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The Stranger

The writers in this collection can write short stories . . . their quality is the only thing they have in common. – Roddy Doyle


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The Fish Garden

This is the first volume of short stories from Ireland’s newest publishing house. We are proud that fish has enabled 15 budding new writers be published in this anthology, and I look forward to seeing many of them in print again.


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12 Miles Out – a novel by Nick Wright

12 Miles Out was selected by David Mitchell as the winner of the Fish Unpublished Novel Award.
A love story, thriller and historical novel; funny and sad, uplifting and enlightening.


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Altergeist – a novel by Tim Booth

You only know who you can’t trust. You can’t trust the law, because there’s none in New Ireland. You can’t trust the Church, because they think they’re the law. And you can’t trust the State, because they think they’re the Church And most of all, you can’t trust your friends, because you can’t remember who they were anymore.


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Small City Blues numbers 1 to 51 – a novel by Martin Kelleher

A memoir of urban life, chronicled through its central character, Mackey. From momentary reflections to stories about his break with childhood and adolescence, the early introduction to the Big World, the discovery of romance and then love, the powerlessness of ordinary people, the weaknesses that end in disappointment and the strengths that help them seek redemption and belonging.


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The Woman Who Swallowed the Book of Kells – Collection of Short Stories by Ian Wild

Ian Wild’s stories mix Monty Python with Hammer Horror, and the Beatles with Shakespeare, but his anarchic style and sense of humour remain very much his own in this collection of tall tales from another planet. Where else would you find vengeful organs, the inside story of Eleanor Rigby, mobile moustaches, and Vikings looting a Cork City branch of Abracababra?


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News & Articles

Chief Editor at Fish Wins Bridport Poetry Prize

23rd November 2017
Mary-Jane Holmes Wins Bridport Poetry Prize Mary-Jane Holmes, chief editor at Fish has added the prestigious Bridport Prize for Poetry to her gathering tally of prizes. Read more. Competition Judge Lemn Sissy wrote –  “The winning poem is ‘Siren Call’.  I am drawn to a bleak coastal town. I am drawn by sound. It is like a short […]

Fish Anthology 2017 – LAUNCH

8th July 2017
The West Cork Literary Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Clem Cairns of Fish Publishing started and grew the festival into one of Ireland’s biggest literary events. The Fish Anthology launch has been a major event at the Festival since its inception in 1997. This year, Mia Gallagher, author and Fish winner (2005) will be launching the […]

Poetry Results + Short and Long Lists

23rd May 2017
We are pleased to announce the winners plus short and long lists for the 2017 Fish Poetry Contest, and would like to congratulate the poets for being selected from a pool of 1,305.  Ten Winning Poems (chosen by Jo Shapcott) to be published in 2017 Fish Anthology Short List Long List   Judge Jo Shapcott has […]

Flash Fiction: Results, Short & Long Lists

12th April 2017
We apologise for the delay in announcing results. Look to see if your flash story is on the short or long list. Short List Long List Congratulations to the writers who made it onto the short and long lists and in particular to the final 10. There were 946 entries to the competition. The ten […]

Memoirs: Results

1st April 2017
We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Fish Short Memoir Contest, as chosen by judge Vanessa Gebbie. The 10 short memoirs will be published in the 2017 Fish Anthology. Vanessa’s comments on the memoirs are with each one, and her overall notes on the judging are below, followed by biographical information on […]

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